September 25, 2018 / 2:36 PM / 8 months ago

UPDATE 1-India's Yes Bank to seek central bank nod to extend CEO's term

(Adds background on Rana Kapoor, details from statement)

Sept 25 (Reuters) - India’s Yes Bank Ltd said on Tuesday it would seek the central bank’s approval to extend Chief Executive Officer Rana Kapoor’s term beyond January, saying it needs more time to identify and groom a successor.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said last week that Kapoor could serve as CEO only until Jan. 31, despite shareholders seeking to extend his term for three more years.

The private-sector lender also said here it would form a committee to search for Kapoor's successor.

Kapoor, one of India’s most prominent bankers, co-founded Yes Bank in 2004 and has been instrumental in making it the country’s fifth-largest private sector bank by assets. But the rapid expansion came at a cost of rising bad loans - a problem plaguing the Indian banking industry.

The lender is seeking an extension for Kapoor’s term to at least until April 30, 2019 in order to finalise results for fiscal 2019, and until Sept. 30, 2019, for its annual general meeting.

Yes Bank also sought approval to name Rajat Monga and Pralay Mondal as executive directors. They are currently serving as senior group presidents at the bank.

The bank’s shares rose as much as 5.5 percent on Tuesday, after it reaffirmed its cost guidance for FY2019, before closing down 3 percent. (Reporting by Tanvi Mehta and Krishna V Kurup in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar and Sriraj Kalluvila)

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